The Business and Technology Division is one of six academic divisions at Volunteer State Community College and home to some of the college’s most popular programs, with more than 1,500 students majoring in one of our 18 programs. Options include an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Business for starting or advancing a career and an Associate of Science – Tennessee Transfer Pathway (A.S. – TTP) degree for transferring directly to one of Tennessee’s four-year universities.
The division also offers four technical certificates that can be earned in just one or two semesters for a rapid path to the workforce. Courses required for the “embedded” technical certificates all count toward an A.A.S. degree, allowing students to “stack” their credentials.
Courses are taught at campuses in Gallatin, Springfield, Cookeville, and Livingston. Most are also available online or in hybrid format.
Departments and Faculty
The division consists of two academic units, the Business Department and the Computer Information Technology (CIT) Department. The Dean, Mr. Kevin Blankenship, and Jimmy Hargrove, Administrative Associate, provide leadership and support. The division is home to 17 full-time faculty members and an equal number of adjuncts. The average, full-time faculty member has a master’s degree, more than a decade of industry experience, and even more time as a college instructor. Full-time faculty teach, design and update courses, advise students, and help shape college policies and programs. Most adjunct faculty hold full-time jobs outside of education and provide valuable insights on current business practices, job market trends, and cutting-edge technologies. Advisors help students select programs most appropriate for their goals. Advisors also help students navigate key college processes, find support when it’s needed, and transition to work or a follow-on university.
More than 1,000 of Vol State’s 8,800 students majoring in one of 12 programs offered by the Business Department. These give students the knowledge and skills needed for attractive careers in fields such as accounting, banking and finance, hospitality, human resources, logistics, management, marketing, sales, and supply chain management. A technical certificate or business degree from Vol State can be the ticket to career satisfaction and prosperity.
Technology Department programs are growing in popularity as information technology (IT) jobs explode throughout the region. Amazon, Facebook, Oracle, and SAIC are just a few tech employers recently arriving or expanding. Today, nearly every employer needs tech workers. Vol State programs give students the knowledge and skills to work in exciting IT fields such as cyber security, networking and systems administration, programming, and software design and development.